When I started dating Tim I noticed he ate a lot less than I did. I did not want him to think I was a little piggy so I started eating less than I normally would at meals with him. I was still making awful decisions with the type of food I ate, but at least I was not eating as much around him.
After joining Weight Watchers the 1st time I realized that my idea of a serving size was a little different from the actual serving size. That was tough when it came to cereal, chips, and especially ice cream! Over the years I have gotten better, but there are times I just want to eat whatever amount I want.
Some tricks I have learned to help with portion control:
- Pre-measure food - You can go out and buy the individual 100 calorie packs for a crazy price, but I choose to buy the whole container and split up the food in snack baggies. For goldfish I actually count out 55 pieces and put them in little bags. I usually do enough bags for the week so I am prepared.
- Don't sit down with the bag - Do not sit down with the whole bag of chips or the box of cookies, find a cup or a small dish and put the food in it. This way you will only eat what you have given yourself and the rest is already put away.
- Bowls - I do not use bowls anymore, don't worry Tim still does so ours get used. I use coffee cups for my cereal because a serving size looks like a lot in a mug instead of a big bowl. I use ramekins for ice cream. I have 1-cup prep bowls from Pampered Chef that I use now for ice cream.
|Ok so this photo has a little more than a cup of ice cream in it lol - |
still less than I would have eaten if I put it in a normal bowl
- Plate Size - I think this is the biggest problem with portion control in America. We have a set of dishes we received as a wedding present. It has the "dinner plates" and the "salad plates" in it. We use the salad plates for meals unless we are having something like tacos or corn on the cob.
I find that if I use a smaller plate and it looks full with food I am more satisfied and do not put more on my plate than I should. For some reason I (along with many other people I am guessing) feel like I should
pile fill my plate with food.
I find it interesting that plates have grow almost 4 inches in the 50 years. Why? Why do we feel the need to have bigger plates?
What kind of plates do you use? How do you keep yourself on track with portions and not eating too much?